"Michel Corneille The Younger (paris 1642 - 1708 Paris): Zenobia Found On The Banks Of The Araxe"Pen and brown ink
139 x 241 mm
Inscribed lower right in brown ink: poussin
Provenance: Unidentified collection on the verso of the mount: P
Although he was fond of the Italian masters such as the Carracci, Corneille was also influenced by Poussin. A sheet by the artist in a private collection in Lisbon includes a number of passages copied from various works by Poussin. The wiry lines and simplified forms caracteristic of the present sheet attest the influence of the graphic style of the French painter.The scene depicts Queen Zenobia, who was struck by the sword and abandoned by the king Rhadamisthe to the river Araxe. The shepherds saved the queen and transported her to the city of Artaxate.